- If not for Omoyele Sowore, Peter Obi's political ambition would have been in ruins, the online publisher has claimed
- Sowore said it was through his help that the Labour Party and Peter Obi were saved from legal battles
- According to him, he also ensured that Obi was never impeached by lawmakers of the Anambra state House of Assembly twice
The presidential candidate for the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore, has described how he helped his colleague in the Labour Party, Peter Obi, reach his ambition of flying the party's flag.
Sowore who has been a constant critic of Obi said the Labour Party had earlier had a crisis over the possible emergence of the former governor as its 2023 presidential candidate.
The Punch reports that Sowore said this while speaking at the memorial lecture held in honour of late Chief Gani Fawehinmi in Lagos on Monday, September 5.
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According to the publisher, he worked with human rights activist, Femi Falana to take legal actions to defend Labour Party and ensure that Obi became the party's flag bearer.
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“When the Labour Party ran into a problem. There was a member of the LP who insisted that the LP could not present the candidacy of Peter Obi. They had a legal problem.
"We went and obtain judgment in court; from the Court of Appeal, and handed it over to Falana to use it to defend the Labour Party, and by extension, Peter Obi’s candidacy. Yes! I’m just telling you that we’re in the business of saving people."
Saving Obi from impeachment in Anambra
Continuing, Sowore stated that while Obi served as the governor of Anambra state, he saved him from possible impeachment by members of the House of Assembly.
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He claimed that there were moves by some key indigenes of the state to "flush" Obi out of Anambra state but his online newspaper, Sahara Reporters intervened twice.
"Falana on a daily basis will call me, saying: ‘I don’t know Peter Obi, but we should not allow this injustice to pass, nobody should be impeached.
"Obasanjo was impeaching everybody impeachable at that time in Nigeria. That was how Obi was able to complete two tenures. So when we speak, we know what we’re saying.”
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Charly Boy also publicly endorsed Obi's 2023 presidency publicly on Television on Thursday, September 1.
According to the entertainer, the planned rally for Peter Obi would take place before the end of this month.
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Peter Obi had earlier revealed that his prayer to God every day is to help him deliver good governance to the people should he become president in 2023.
The Labour Party's flag bearer said he also asks God to never let the Labour of the people be in vain.
According to Obi, contrary to claims by many, he has never stolen public funds while serving as a governor of Anambra state.